Robinson a Wanted (Big) Man

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Thomas Robinson might be the hottest name in recruiting these days.

Following a standout performance at Rbk U in Philadelphia, the 6-foot-8 high-flying forward has emerged as one of the top frontcourt players for 2009. Yet it was just a few months ago he was a relative unknown at Riverdale Baptist, with just a single offer from George Washington.

"I see a lot of guys, if they get their name out early they kind of fall off, so I was lucky," he said.

Now he can barely remember the laundry list of high-majors that have jumped into his recruitment.

Robinson said offers from Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State came in the past few days. They join Maryland, Duke, Pittsburgh, Providence, South Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Boston College, Georgia, Kentucky, Marquette, Minnesota, Massachusetts and George Mason.

"I don't want to forget nobody," he said with a laugh as he ran down the list. "It's crazy right now."

Robinson, a D.C. native, returned to the court Saturday with his AAU team, Squash All Beefs, at the Agent Zero to Hero Invitational. In front of Maryland coach Gary Williams and assistants from Virginia, Virginia Tech and others, Robinson showed why he's suddenly so coveted. He scored 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven blocks in the first game and had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the second.

Robinson is a solidly built forward and is at his best above the rim. He's an instinctual shot-blocker and rebounder and seems to know where the ball will bounce off the rim. He has quick footwork and an overall sense of how to establish position in the post.

Scout.com's Dave Telep wrote after the first day of the Rbk U camp that Robinson was a "Beast… This physical specimen is on the move up the charts. Reminds me of a thinner James Thomas. Some guys wait for shot block [opportunities] to come their way. Thomas hunts them down."

All the recent attention is new for Robinson, and he's still evaluating his options. Though he said he is "wide open" and isn't favoring any school, Texas' and Memphis' offers piqued his interest. He was interested in both schools before the Rbk U camp, and they both offered shortly after.

He added that location won't be a factor. He said of the local school, Maryland: "They're a good school. Great coach."

Robinson is looking for an up-tempo system where he can showcase his athleticism. He said he plans to make a decision midway through his senior season, which will be at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. He said he chose Brewster in order to play better competition and prepare for college. Brewster has five players headed to Division I schools from the class of 2008 and plays a national schedule.

For now, though, he's focused on improving his game. He wants some more offers, too. "I want to keep going," he said.


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